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With my last EVGA purchase I signed up to get their newsletter.For me this is pretty much a dream book as I just cannot fork over 1000.00 for a gpu.My question is,why does EVGA have so many models that appear to have only slight differences in specs? Is EVGA alone in having so many different model gpu's or do the other manufactures do it also. Between gpu's in the 5 and 6 series they must have close to 20 to chose from. I was pretty shocked to see the top of the line,with pre installed waterblock going for 1000.00.
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Normal for most any company, you have different variations for different purposes. Generally the "overclocked" and "super over clocked" versions are just stock with a small (see +10mhz) clock bump vs. limited editions that give you different coolers, etc.

Gotta have options for everyone who wants to be just a little bit different rolleyes.gif
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OK,just a bit curious about the way EVGA is going.As I said I was wondering if they were alone offering so many models.It would be very hard to make a firm decision with so many choices.For me the price narrows the field quite a bit.I can't ever see going over even 350.00
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It's a bit similar to CPUs. For example, you could have gotten an i7-920 for a bit less, but you chose a 930 (assuming it wasn't given or gifted to you).
    
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All you hear about in forums like this are the top-end models, but look in Microcenter etc: The majority by far of what average people buy are the cheaper models, and it comes down to pricepoint, newness and specs.

The flagship models build the reputation, the rest of the models fit target markets.
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post #6 of 6
There is usually an oem design, then variations in speed and memory. Some may be versions originally for OEM manufacturers, catering to their wants and whims.
Usually base, overclocked, super clocked, often involving cooler changes. Then the amount of memory and its speed varies.
Then there are proprietary motherboard designs.
Cooling and quiet become issues.

entry level cards can be DDR3 or DDR5 memory, generally 512 MB DDR5 is equivalent to 1GB DDR3, 1GB DDR5 offers both speed and bandwidth advantages. For low end cards 2GB is useless GT640.
Anyway some cards are renumbered HD6670 has become 7670, GT440 to a slightly more capable 640.
See chart


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GT_640/
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